Bird and bat banding

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ABBBS Database Search: Pterodroma leucoptera (Gould's Petrel)

Scientific NamePterodroma leucoptera
SPRAT DatabaseSPRAT Listing

Banding Data

Total Banded7957
First BandedDecember 1957
Last BandedMarch 2007

Recovery Data

Total Recoveries11271
Recovered Only Once860
Distinct Recoveries2721
Most Frequent Resighting29 times
First RecoveryDecember 1959
Last RecoveryJanuary 2011

Maximum Movement and Elapsed Time Details

Movement Average: 1 km Maximum: 292 km
Band 06069128, banded in December 1970 at CABBAGE TREE ISLAND, NSW (-32 deg 41 min, 152 deg 14 min). Recovered after 1 year 1.4 months at JERVIS BAY, ACT (-35 deg 0 min, 150 deg 44 min) in January 1972 after moving 292 km. Recovery method: FOUND BEACHWASHED OR FLOATING IN SEA OR FRESHWATER Recovery status: WAS SKELETON/DRIED OUT CORPSE, BAND REMOVED.
Elapsed Time Average: 4 years 8.0 months Maximum: 32 years 8.5 months
Band 06010763, banded in March 1960 at CABBAGE TREE ISLAND, NSW (-32 deg 41 min, 152 deg 13 min). Recovered after 32 years 8.5 months at CABBAGE TREE ISLAND NORTH GULLY, NSW (-32 deg 41 min, 152 deg 13 min) in December 1992 after moving 1 km. Recovery method: HAND CAUGHT AT ROOST OR NEST Recovery status: WAS RELEASED ALIVE WITH THE BAND.


This database is designed to provide information on bird and bat species, banded under the auspices of the Australian Bird & Bat Banding Scheme (ABBBS) managed by the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. It has been compiled from a range of sources including information provided by banders and recoveries of banded birds and bats made by members of the public. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, no guarantee is given, nor responsibility taken, by the Commonwealth for its accuracy, currency or completeness. The Commonwealth does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the information contained in this database. The information contained in this database does not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth. This database is not intended to be a complete source of information on the matters it deals with.